Projects and Research

The Pocomoke River Project is a long term initiative to reconnect the river channel to its floodplain along the river’s main stem and many of the river’s tributaries. In the 1940s extensive channelization straightened the river and left an artificial levee 3 to 12 feet high along both river banks. The levee restricts the natural flow of floodwaters in and out of the Pocomoke’s forested...

What began as the restoration of an abandoned area near Baltimore Harbor has grown into a nationally recognized partnership connecting the city’s residents to the outdoors. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated Masonville Cove, as the nation’s first Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership on September 26, 2013.

The Maryland Port Administration built the Masonville Dredged Material...

Once a haven for wildlife, Poplar Island, in the mid Chesapeake Bay region, was slipping away at a rate of more than 13 feet a year due to sea level rise, land subsidence and erosion. The island was well on the way to becoming just another sand shoal.

Maps and records from the 1600’s describe Poplar Island as over 2,000 acres. The Paul S. Sarbanes Ecosystem Restoration Project at...